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Order and chaos in agile software development: a comparison of two software development teams in a major IT company

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Xiaofeng
dc.contributor.author Vidgen, Richard
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-22T15:01:52Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-22T15:01:52Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1195
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Agile methods have emerged and become popular over last few years as a response to shortcomings of the waterfall process model. However, agile processes are stamped by some as chaotic processes and are placed in opposition to waterfall approaches. This paper uses the edge of chaos concept from complex adaptive systems theory as a theoretical lens to analyse the roles of structure and planning in the software development process. The software development processes of two teams in a major IT company, on of whom uses agile methods and the other a waterfall approach, are presented and the project structure and planning process of each is highlighted then compared. Our research finds that structure and planning are essential to agile processes and take different forms from the waterfall model. Contrary to the belief that agile software development may be chaotic we conclude that it is possible that the waterfall method may be chaotic due to prescribed rather than effective structures. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 15th European Conference on Information Systems, St. Gallen, Switzerland;
dc.subject agile processes en_US
dc.subject agile methods en_US
dc.subject complex adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject edge of chaos en_US
dc.subject structure en_US
dc.subject planning en_US
dc.title Order and chaos in agile software development: a comparison of two software development teams in a major IT company en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI


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